It's one thing to be famous. It's another thing altogether to be legendary, or like a legend. The Monkees were a famous band. The Beatles are legendary—for most people, they are almost mythical in their greatness.

There are a couple of ways to become legendary, but, however you get there, you have to become a legend. The first way is to be better at something than anyone else ever was. Michael Jordan, for example, is a legendary basketball player. The other way is to be known—and yet remain mysterious—for a very long time. The legendary Loch Ness Monster, for example, is very well known for a creature that (almost?) no one has ever actually seen.

Definitions of legendary
  1. adjective
    so celebrated as to having taken on the nature of a legend
    “the legendary exploits of the arctic trailblazers”
    apprehended with certainty
  2. adjective
    celebrated in fable or legend
    legendary exploits of Jesse James”
    synonyms: fabled
    lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
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